Crime

Lucky and not-so-lucky night watching Festival of Lights

A 25-foot vessel got hung up on the rocks while watching the Festival of Lights Fireworks in Vancouver. — photo courtesy RCMP

A family of six is lucky not to have suffered serious injury after their boat ended up on a rock jetty during Saturday's Festival of Lights Fireworks display in Vancouver.

Around 11 p.m. Richmond RCMP’S  Marine Unit vessel, The Fraser Guardian, was heading back to base after assisting with water patrols during the Saturday night fireworks display, when they spotted a flashlight out on the Steveston rock jetty.

Water tanker damaged; additional tankers available

Water tanker damaged; additional tankers available

Emergency Operations Centre spokesman Bill Macpherson says one of the water tankers brought to relieve the need in Slocan Valley has been damaged "in a suspicious manner", but there are now additional tankers available to supply residents with potable water.

Williams Lake man arrested for additional violent offences against women

Williams Lake man arrested for additional violent offences against women

Ed Note: The following is a press release issued by RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk:

An April 2013 Smithers investigation into an incident of forcible confinement in a vehicle, has led to several more victims being identified in the Williams Lake area. The alleged incidents predate the Smithers BC matter and spanned from 2007 to 2012 involving the same commercial truck driver.

Castlegar teen killed in car crash

Eighteen-year-old Castlegar resident Travis Hurlbert died Wednesday evening after a motor vehicle accident in Edmonton, Alberta.

A 27-year-old man is facing charges in connection with the accident. Derrick O'Connor has been charged with criminal hit and run causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death. Additional charges are pending.

Police indicate both speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the collision (on the part of the 27-year-old driver), which happened just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Family members have been notified.

Family gets surprise while cleaning old trailer

Family gets surprise while cleaning old trailer

A family received a shock to the system after uncovering a handful of dynamite sticks and blasting caps while cleaning an old trailer.

Nelson Police was called Sunday when the family noticed the dynamite and caps in the trailer.

Nelson Fire Department also attended the scene.

Once NPD officers and firefighters assessed the scene was safe, it was determined the dynamite was old.

The bomb disposal team was then called to safely remove items.

B.C. Supreme Court awards local man almost $85 grand

B.C. Supreme Court awards local man almost $85 grand

A Nelson man has been awarded close to 85,000 for the physical and emotional injuries he suffered in July of 2004 said a B.C. Supreme Court online judgment.

Dylan Alexander Rhys Plishka-Humphreys was awarded $50,000 in non-pecuniary damages for pain and suffering, $25,000 for loss of earning capacity, $7,000 for future care — which includes psychotherapy and height-adjustable table, easel and desktop slant board for his work as an artist — and $2,250 for four medical appointments in Vancouver.

The assault happened when Plishka-Humphreys was 13 years old.

Witnesses sought in assault near boat launch in Slocan

Witnesses sought in assault near boat launch in Slocan
The Slocan Lake RCMP are seeking assistance from the public after a woman was reported to have been assaulted on a boat near the boat launch in Slocan, according to Const. Alan Van Hussen.
 
"Police were called on July 21 just after 6 p.m.," he said.

Substanial gas leak at Castlegar Primary caused by vandalism

Substanial gas leak at Castlegar Primary caused by vandalism

The investigation of a natural gas leak at Castlegar Primary today will be handed over to RCMP, after fire crews discovered vandalism was the cause of the incident.

Fire Chief Gerry Rempel said vandals broke a natural gas line on a rooftop heating unit, allowing the gas to flow into the buidling and permeate the atmosphere inside.

"There was a substanital amount of gas in the building," he said.

BC Coroners identifies man found in Columbia River near Waneta Dam

BC Coroners identifies man found in Columbia River near Waneta Dam

BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who was found deceased in the Columbia River on July 18 as Andrew Lee Evans, aged 28, from Fruitvale.

Evans was witnessed entering the Columbia River by RCMP Officers on July 10 and was seen to be experiencing difficulties before being swept away by strong currents.

Evans was subsequently found deceased in the river on (Thursday) July 18 by boat users in an area near the Waneta Dam.

The BC Coroners Service and the RCMP continue to investigate this death.

NPD kept busy with alcohol-related incidents

NPD kept busy with alcohol-related incidents

It’s obvious some drivers just don’t get the message after Nelson Police dealt with a pair of “Drink and Driving” incidents in the past few days.

In a span of two days the force arrested two drivers for drinking and driving as well as other charges and a woman for creating a disturbance in the downtown core due to too much alcohol.

The rash of incidents began in the early hours of Wednesday (July 17) when dispatchers received a call of a stolen vehicle in the Fairview area of Nelson.

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